Shardul Narendra Thakur is an Indian professional cricketer, born on 16 October 1991 in a town of Maharashtra named Palghar. His role in the team is as a bowler who bowls right-arm medium-fast and bats right handed.
He is a hit the deck bowler who can also swing the ball away from the right-handers. Currently, he is the lead pacer of Mumbai in domestic cricket and also a member of Indian cricket team.
Shardul’s town was 87 km away from Mumbai and he had to catch early morning Mumbai-Local trains(notorious for being filled with people) to come here for practice. He caught people's eyes when he hit 6 sixes in 6 balls in school cricket.
In November 2012, he debuted in domestic cricket against Rajasthan. He could not make his debut memorable as he took only four wickets at an average of 82.0 in his first four matches.
At the end of the season, Mumbai team management asked him to lose some kilos and as he was hardworking and passionate about his career, he came back fitter. In the next season, he picked up 27 wickets at 26.25.
Rise to glory
In the Ranji season of 2014-15, he emerged like a boss and finished the season on joint-top with 48 wickets at an average of 20.81 in 10 fixtures. He also completed five five-wicket hauls in the same season.
His glorious performance gained him a place in India A squad for him to play four-day fixtures against Australia A and South Africa A. Later, in the same year, he was embodied in the team of Board President's XI to play a practice match against South Africa, wherein he claimed four wickets.
He continued his mind blowing performance in the 2015-16 season of Ranji Trophy. In the final of the tournament, he led Mumbai to win the title by taking 8 wickets.
After his consistently amazing performance in first-class cricket, he was called up for Indian squad touring to West Indies but did not get a chance to play any game.
After waiting a decent amount of time, he made his international debut in an ODI against Sri Lanka on 31 August 2017. He has played two ODIs till date but could not leave the impact as he took only one wicket and gave 74 runs after bowling 13 overs.
In the Indian Premier League auction of 2014, Kings XI Punjab bought him for INR 20 lakhs, but he only played two games in his first two seasons. In his IPL debut against Delhi Daredevils he took one scalp for 38 runs in his 4 overs spell.